Resolutions

December 31, 2006 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

It’s that time of year again, when many of us resolve to start exercising (again), stop smoking (again), lose some weight (again), or get back in touch with people we have lost contact with (again). Give most of us a week, and we’ll return to our old ways. Read more

How Do I Know?

December 24, 2006 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

We are all consumers of software in our daily lives. While we may not even be aware of the software that runs in our refrigerators, there is a greater awareness of the software behind the keyboards that we use, the cel phones plastered to our ears, and the systems we use to drive our businesses. For those of us that are in the software community, the ubiquitous nature of software is apparent. For those that are strictly consumers, software can be interesting, mysterious, or downright frightening. Read more

Debate Without Dialogue Sucks

December 17, 2006 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, People, Process 

Back in February of this year, after attending a local presentation of the latest release of the Visual Studio Team System, I posted a rant titled Rigid Agility. In the post, I had expressed concern about a trend I had seen (and have seen more of since), where systems are being built to support tailorable processes with mechanisms to enforce movement through a set of states. I still see this as inherently non-agile in its implementations, despite the intrinsic value in the products and spin from the vendors. Read more

Curiosity

December 10, 2006 by · Comment
Filed under: People 

One of the things that I have found to be very powerful in bringing teams together, while at the same time severely lacking in most teams, is a sense of curiosity. Read more

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